We're doing a great job and recycling more than ever. But, it's also important that we recycle the right things in our Blue Carts and community recycling depots, and properly prepare our materials.
When you put in items that don't belong, it can cause injuries to workers and shutdowns at our recycling sorting facility.
Bundle your plastic bags together before recycling
All stretchy plastic bags need to be bundled into a single plastic bag and tied closed before recycling. Acceptable bags include:
Place loose in your blue cart or community recycling depot
See answers to common recycling questions
Learn more about what common household items are not acceptable for recycling - things like straws, stir sticks and coffee cup lids.
Also, watch what to do with mixed material items such as cardboard and plastic toy packages or food wrapping like chip bags and coffee tins.
Waste & Recycling Breakfast Television Recycling Video
What if my blue cart is full?
If you have more recycling than will fit in your blue cart, try flattening cardboard boxes to make some extra room, or save these materials until the following week's collection. You can also take your recyclables to a community recycling depot.
Exposure to rain, snow and wind can reduce the quality of recyclables, and creates a problem with litter in the community. For this reason, we only collect recyclables that fit inside the Blue Cart or community recycling depot bins. Any materials left outside of the collection containers will be picked up as garbage.